#Cubs Baez to play CF in spring opener

The Cubs open the Cactus League season on Thursday against the Brewers, and manager Joe Maddon isn’t going to waste time seeing if Javier Baez can play the outfield.

Baez is scheduled to start in center and bat sixth in the first Spring Training game. Travis Wood will start and be followed by Kyle Hendricks. Other pitchers on the travel roster include Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, and Dennis Patton.

Kyle Schwarber will lead off and play left, and be followed in the lineup by third baseman Kris Bryant, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, right fielder Jorge Soler, catcher Miguel Montero, Baez, second baseman Tommy La Stella, designated hitter
Dan Vogelbach and shortstop Munenori Kawasaki.

Baez, who has primarily played shortstop and second base in the Minor Leagues and big leagues, tested center field in Puerto Rico winter ball, making four starts. Outfield instructor Doug Dascenzo spent a few days with Baez in Puerto Rico to help make the transition.

The Cubs are hoping that Baez can become more versatile — which would make him more valuable on the roster.

— Carrie Muskat

2 Comments

Wow, we sure look good on paper! The only question, perhaps, might be the bottom part of the rotation (?) At any rate, let’s get this thing started!

Aloha Bruce! Good to hear from you. I know you said in the past you do not get up to the states as much as you used to. On one of Carrie’s other post, I mentioned that I went out in faith a purchased tickets for an early September series at Wrigley. I agree with you, on paper this team looks amazing and so part of Maddon’s job is to keep his team/players grounded because as we have discussed in the past, many times the best team on paper is not the one that wins. But a team that has chemistry and a family-like bond is one that is special and I believe this to be the case now. Hope you are doing well. Take care now. Mahalo!

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